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Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Alta Lee Baer

Alta Lee Baer, 81 of Payette, slipped away peacefully Wednesday, May 21, 2003. Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Riverside Cemetery, Payette, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Alta was born June 21, 1921, to James T. and Maggie (Miller) Brown in Fruitland. She and her family lived in various places in the Payette area. She quit school after her mother died to help raise her little brothers and sisters. She married Leonard Baer May 5, 1945 at Oakland, Calif. Being a Navy wife took her to San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco, Astoria, Ore., Coronado, Bremerton, Wash. and finally back to Payette in 1958 where she and Leonard have spent their lives in the house where Leonard was born. Alta and Leonard took many trips and she also enjoyed just short drives around the Payette area. She worked many summers at American Fine Foods. She gave many hours of her time to the Jobs Daughters Bethel #5 and belonged to the Emblem Club in Ontario.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard, of Payette; her son, Ken Baer; her daughter Sharon Worley, and husband, Tom Worley of Payette; four grandchildren, Andy Baer and Jenni Baer of Boise; Amy Worley and Tom Worley of Payette; three sisters, Edna Saxton of Cody, Wyo.; Margaret Hagler of Olympia, Wash.; Dorothy Golden of Boise; two brothers and their wives, Frank and Irene Brown of Port Ludlow, Wash.; Don and Jane Brown of Burley. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman (Boise, Idaho)
January 14, 1890
BALLENGER - At Payette, Ada County, of Pneumonia, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ballenger, aged 1 year, 2 months. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Valley Sentinel (New Plymouth, Payette County, Idaho)
Thursday, February 12, 1931

Helpless Mother Had Spent Day Without Fire

J. R. Barnett was found dead in his bed about five o'clock Tuesday evening, by his daughter, Mrs. John Hull. His wife, an invalid, was huddled in a corner of the room in her night clothes, suffering from cold, evidently having been without a fire in the house all day. Mr. Barnett appeared to have died peacefully in his sleep. At six o'clock Tuesday morning Mrs. LaCrone saw a light in the house. She had noticed the place was dark before retiring, indicating that Mr. Barnett had turned on the light during the night.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnett have been spending from Tuesday to Saturday of each week at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Victor Ashburn at Payette. They failed to arrive at her home Tuesday. She became alarmed and phoned to Mrs. John Hull, who discovered the tragic circumstances.

Mr. and Mrs. Burnett lived on a farm near Letha for a number of years. They have lived for several years in New Plymouth, however.

Mr. Barnett is survived by eight daughters and two sons; Mrs. John Hull and Mrs. Charlie Groves of New Plymouth; Mrs. Victor Ashburn of Payette; Mrs. Milo Groat and Mrs. Lewis Cooper of Emmett, Mrs. Frank DeFrance of Lakeside, Nebr.; Mrs. W. H. Seacrest, Gordon, Nebr.; Mrs. Geo. Applegate, Haysprings, Nebr.; Dwyer H. Barnett of Emmett and Meyers H. Barnett of Everett, Washington.

Funeral arrangements have not been made.

(Thursday, February 19, 1931)

Jayhue R. Barnett

Funeral services for Jayhue R. Barnett were held Sunday afternoon from the Congregational Church, Rev. Chas. D. Gaffney officiating.

Mr. Barnett was born Oct 24, 1862, and died Feb. 10th, 1930. He was born in Kansas, going to Iowa in his youth; later moving to Nebraska, where he married Bell Hogue, 46 years ago. The family came to Idaho in 1912.

The deceased is survived by his wife, eight daughters and two sons, one daughter having died in infancy. His children are Mrs. Elsie DeFrance of Lakeside, Nebr.; Mrs. Lottie Secrest, Gordon, Nebr.; Mrs. Eurettea Hull, New Plymouth; Mrs. Lenora Applegate, Haysprings, Nebr.; Mrs. Mable Groves, New Plymouth; Dwyer Barnett, Emmett; Mrs. Velma Ashburn, Payette; Myers Barnett, Everett, Wash.; and Mrs. Hazel Cooper, New Plymouth. He is survived also by 35 grandchildren.

Interment was made in the Applegate cemetery. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Valley Sentinel (New Plymouth, Payette County, Idaho)
Thursday, July 30, 1931
Mrs. R. J. Barnett

Mrs. R. J. Barnett who has been in failing health since her return about a month ago from Nebraska passed away Tuesday morning at 10:20 at the home of Mrs. Geo Applegate.

The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at the Landon funeral home with Rev. Chas Gaffney presiding. Because some of the grandchildren who wish to be present have the whooping cough, the funeral will be private.

Those who survive are:
Mrs. Geo Applegate, Mrs. John Hull, Mrs. Charley Groves of New Plymouth; Mrs. Victor Ashburn of Payette, Mrs. Milo Groat and Mrs. Lewis Cooper of Emmett, Mrs. Frank DeFrance of Lakeside, Nebraska, Mrs. Wm Secrest, Gordon, Nebraska, and Dwyre Barnett of Emmett, and Meyer Barnett of Everett, Washington. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
February 04, 1960
Otis Barngrover, 68, Former Resident Dies

Word was received here this week that a former Payette resident Otis Barngrover, 68, of Hamilton, Kansas, died January 27 in New Rochelle, New York while visiting his daughter Anna Faye Volkman there.

Besides his daughter he is survived by his wife Alma and two grandchildren. He was a brother-in-law of A. C. Brown of Payette.

Funeral services for Mr. Barngrover were held in Hamilton, Kan. Saturday. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 04, 1992
Gretchen Fitch Barton, 85, Joshua Tree, Calif., formerly of payette, a retired telephone operator, died Feb. 26 in a Joshua Tree hospital of pneumonia. Memorial services will be April 25 in Joshua Tree. Cremation was under the direction of Mountain Valley Memorial Park and Crematory, Yucca Valley, Calif.

Argus-Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, June 9, 2003
Steve Batt, 62, New Plymouth, died Friday, June 5, 2003, near Brownlee from injuries received in a fall. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2003 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Ontario. Services are under the direction of Daken Funeral chapel, Caldwell.

Steve was born Aug. 1, 1940 in Nampa, the son of Donald and Dorothy Boehner Batt, Wilder. While growing up he farmed with his family. He attended schools in Wilder and continued his education at the University of Idaho where he graduated with a B.A. in Business. In 1965 he received his law degree. Steve was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

After law school Steve practiced law in Payette where he was in private practice and also served as County prosecutor and Payette City attorney for several years. He later returned to farming on his own and was also an orchardist for Hyline Farms in Ontario. He married Donna Pauley, May 14, 1988, in Indiana. In 1994, he began teaching math at Treasure Valley Community College.

Steve saw life as an adventure. He was interested in many outdoor activities such as backpacking, kayaking, hang gliding, flying planes and scuba diving to mention a few. He was also an artist, musician, writer and landscaper. His home is a monument to his talent. He will be remembered by friends and family for a strong commitment to his faith in Jesus Christ. He had a kind and generous spirit which was exemplified by his quick wit and sense of humor. He leaves a legacy of strong character and dedication to all those who were touched by this talented man. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to St. Alphonsus Life Flight in Boise. The family extends it appreciation to the Wildhorse Store and St. Alphonsus Life flight for their assistance.

Steve is survived by his wife, Donna, New Plymouth; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Stuart and Donna Batt and Reed and Marilyn Batt; four daughters, Keri Crookham, Caldwell, Jennifer McManus, Portland, Roxanne Nelson, Payette and Julie Gilchirst, Ovando, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; six nieces and nephews and his first wife and friend, Karen Ryan, Olympia, Wash.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

"I will miss you my friend, my love, my champion. I will see you again."

Argus Observer (Tuesday, June 10, 2003)

In the end, it was fitting Steven Batt died doing what he loved most -- being outdoors.

The New Plymouth resident and Treasure Valley Community College teacher, died in a hiking accident late Friday evening after falling down a deep ravine in the Hells Canyon area of Adams County.

A noted outdoor enthusiast, nothing was off limits for Batt. From hang gliding to whitewater rafting to camping and scuba diving, Batt was an outdoor adventurist.

"How fitting that he passed doing something he loved the most," Batt's wife, Donna, said. "Steve looked at life as an adventure. He was doing what he loved."

Donna Batt, who was married to her husband for 15 years, has experienced an outpouring of support from those that knew her husband.

"It has been overwhelming," Donna Batt said. "The gifts, the food, the support has been uplifting."

Despite being heavily into outdoor adventure, Batt, a former county prosecutor in Payette County and a Payette city attorney, had another side.

A softer side.

Batt, who began teaching math and community education in 1992 at TVCC in Ontario, became as devoted to the students he taught as he was to being outdoors.

"He would have done anything for his students," Donna Batt said. "He tutored several people. Basically, if the student wanted help he would be there to help them. And they really seemed to love him."

Jane Luther, the director of adult education at TVCC said one thing stands out when she recalls Batt and his work at the school.

"We really remember him for his generosity," she said. "He would volunteer hours upon hours to tutor students. Anything from GED math students to college prep students. Whoever needed help he was willing to help."

Robin Jackson, who is the head of the Treasure Valley Community College art department, said Batt was committed to his job.

"He was a real dedicated instructor," Jackson said. "He worked with our developmental education in math. And that is really a one-on-one situation. Classes are smaller and it takes a personal commitment to change things in people's lives. That is what his focus was about -- changing lives."

Drake Wallick, a math instructor at Treasure Valley, said Batt used creative measures to engage his students.

"Steve was a diligent worker, very concerned with his student's success," Wallick said. "He was creative in trying to engage the students in his class. Steve was very professional in all his dealings with the faculty and students. Very well-respected and he was a real asset to the college and the community."

Batt, who was born in Nampa and spent much of his childhood in Wilder, cultivated a lifelong passion -- painting.

"He was always over painting," Ted J. Fink, an art instructor at TVCC said. "He was a nice guy that enjoyed his artwork, enjoyed his students and enjoyed teaching."

Donna Batt recalls how her husband would share his art.

"He had been painting for most of his life. It was only until the last 10 years or so, he began taking lessons," she said. "He had the soul of an artist and he would share it with everybody. Steve would do pictures of everyone's faces. It was a just a love of his."

Some of Batt's work will be on display following his funeral services Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, Ontario.

"Steve's spirit was so gentle," Donna Batt said. "He was not into the macho-guy kind of thing. He loved the challenge and the adventure of the outdoors, but he also had the soul of an artist."

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 27, 1960

Word was received Sunday by Mrs. Clarence Picken that Miss Elsie Claire Boyer of Olympia, Wash. had passed away suddenly on Sunday.

Mrs. Boyer was a resident of Fruitland for many years. Interment will be in Payette. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, December 04, 1958
Services Held For George S. Bayer, 76

Services were held Tuesday for George Samuel Bayer, 76 of Eagle, who died Sunday morning at his home.

He was born April 24, 1882, at Staples, Minn., and came to Idaho in 1905, settling in the Fruitland community. He moved to Eagle in 1955.

Mr. Bayer was a member of the New Plymouth IOOF Lodge.

He is survived by one sister, Elsie Bayer, of Olympia, Wash.

Services were held at the New Plymouth Shaffer chapel with the Rev. Raymond A. Thompson of Fruitland officiating. Interment was held at Park View with concluding rites by the New Plymouth IOOF Lodge. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, November 09, 1933
Joel Bayer was born March 17th, 1852 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and passed away at his home Saturday at 3:30 P.M., November 4th, 1933. His mother passed away when he was 5 years of age. When a young man he went to Staples, Minn. and on June 28, 1883 he was united in marriage to Matilda Dower. Five children were born to this union. George who lives here with his parents, Mrs. Wm. Christie Grant in California, Mayme who teaches school in Portland, Herbert who lives with his parents and Elsie who is a teacher in Pocatello. Twenty eight years ago the family moved to Payette County, where they now reside. Funeral services were held from the Congressional Church in New Plymouth conducted by Rev. Gaffney and the Odd Fellows had charge at the grave, in Park View Cemetery. Pall bearers were six neighbor boys he had known since they were children. Emil Schmidt, Clarence Ficken, Grant Gardner, Lloyd McClure, Ira Melcher and Lafe Royston. The many beautiful flowers were a silent tribute from his many friends. His wife and children are left to mourn his going. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 08, 1945
Bayer Funeral Friday Afternoon

Mrs. Joel Bayer, 80, who passed away on Wednesday of this week at her home near this city will be held next Friday afternoon at two o'clock at her home. Deceased was born March 11, 1859. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lulu Grant of San Francisco, Cal., and Miss Elsie Bayer, of this city, and two sons, Herbert and George, both of Payette. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 23, 1944
Fruitland Matron Dies Wednesday

Mayme Bayer passed away Wednesday of this week at the Holy Rosary hospital in Ontario following a brief illness. She had arrived at her home in Fruitland March 10 from Portland, where she had been teaching school, to attend the celebration of the eighty-fifth birthday birthday anniversary of her mother, Mrs. Joel Bayer. During that week she was taken ill. Funeral services will be conducted by Landona at 2:00 Friday afternoon at the Bayer home in Fruitland.

Rev. H. G. Luscombe of the Fruitland Methodist church will officiate. Interment will be in Parkview cemetery at New Plymouth.

Mary (Mayme) Viola Bayer was born in Staples, Minnesota, May 4, 1888, and spent her early childhood in that place. With her parents she moved to the Payette Valley in 1905. She graduated from the Payette high school and received her degree at Teachers College in Greeley, Colorado. For several years she taught school in Boise and Payette valleys. She has taken advanced work in the Washington university in Seattle and has done extension work at the University of Oregon in Portland. Miss Bayer taught primary at the Kennedy school in Portland for the past twenty-five years. Besides her mother, she is survived by two sisters, Lulu Christie Grant of San Mateo, California, and Elsie Bayer of Pocatello, two brothers, George and Herbert, both of Fruitland. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Enterprise (White Salmon, Klickitat County, Washington)
April 25, 1991, page 14
White Salmon resident Elizabeth (Bessie) R. Beckwith, died at Skyline Hospital. Thursday, April 18. She was 77.

Mrs. Beckwith was born in South Dakota, to Ruth (Winterringer) and David Patterson. She moved to Idaho where she raised her family. In 1973, she moved to White Salmon and was employed at Underwood Fruit until retiring in 1990.

She is survived by sons Terry Beckwith of Underwood and Don Beckwith of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Arthur Patterson of Montana and Eldon Patterson of Roseburg, Ore.; sisters Ethlyn Forcht, of Blachly, Ore., and Annie Rademacher, of Briton, S.D.; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Gardner Funeral Home. Contributions may be given to American Lung Association of Washington.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 19, 1950
Auto Accident Fatal To One

Wesley Beigh, 50, Fatally Injured On Way Home From Hunting

Wesley S. Beigh, 50, of Payette, met instant death at 10 o'clock last Thursday night when the panel truck he was driving left highway 30 and 95 about five miles north of Payette, and rolled over on its top.

Max Beigh, 54, brother of the driver, was asleep when the accident occurred, and escaped with minor cuts and bruises, Deputy Sheriff Ray Decker said. Taken to the Payette Valley Memorial hospital by Shaffer ambulance, he received treatment and was released later Thursday evening.

The 1936 ford panel truck driven by Wesley Beigh, was going south when it left the pavement on the right side of the road Decker said. Finally pulled back onto the pavement, the vehicle cut left across the highway into the borrow pit, traveled eighty feet before rolling over on its top.

The brothers had left Kooskia, Idaho Thursday morning after an unsuccessful hunting trip, and were returning home, Decker said.

Wesley Saul Beigh, 50, was born at Perth, North Dakota on December 19, 1899. He was married to Lena Durham at Boise in 1928 and moved to Payette the same year.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Lena Beigh, of Payette, one daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Gilbert of Portland; four brothers, A.L. Beigh, of Portland; John B. and L.E. Beigh, of Olympia, Washington, and Max Beigh, of Payette. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Fern McAfee, of Umatilla, Oregon; Mrs. Mary Holloway, of Ontario, Oregon, and Mrs. Sadie Ritzious, of Weiser, and one grandson.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday at the Shaffer Memory Chapel with the Rev. Edward J. Glover officiating.

Interment was at Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Auburn - Clarence A. Belvoir, 67, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Auburn Medical Hospital in Auburn, Wash.

Clarence was born Jan 10, 1942, in Payette to Robert and Evelyn Belvoir. He graduated from Payette High School in 1960 and left for the west coast to start his horse training career. He later went from training to transportation and has been there for the last 35 years where he finished his career with American Horse Transportation, LLC.

Clarence is survived by his parents, Bob and Evelyn Belvoir; his wife of 30 years, Carol, son, Duane; daughter, Kelly; step-daughters, Laura, Cindy and Marilyn; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Janet and brothers Howard, Bob, Gary and Don.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the WTBA Sales Pavilion, located at 3220 Emerald Downs Drive in Auburn, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to: The Jockey's Guild, Inc., 103 Wind Haven Drive, Suite No. 200, Nicholasville, KY 40356. (800)465-6257,

Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Idaho)
Thursday, July 18, 1901
From Payette
Three Deaths Reported in the Vicinity of the Place

Payette, July 17 - Mrs. Louis Benefield died very suddenly Tuesday and was buried today at New Plymouth. Mr. Benefield had gone for a doctor abut before he returned his wife was dead. Mrs. Benefield gave birth to a child some five days ago. The infant is also dead.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 18, 1937
Funeral Services are held for W. E. Bertram

Funeral services in charge of the Landon Funeral Home were held Friday, November 13 for Wilhelm Bertram with Rev. Albert Beutenmueller preaching the sermon.

Wilhelm Ellert Bertram was born October 22, 1858 in Eckwarden, Oldenburg, Germany, and died in Payette, November 9, 1937. he came to the United States when he was twenty-six years old and was married to Miss Mary Kunz on March 15, 1889 in Denison, Iowa. In 1916 the family moved to Payette where they have since made their home.

Besides his wife, Mr. Bertram is survivied by six daughters and four sones, Mrs. Emma Theis of Hearne, Texas; Mrs. Augusta Barkhoff of Kimball, Nebraska; Mrs. Sophie Hulsebus of Denison, Iowa, Mrs. Bertha Rath of Denison, Iowa; Mrs. Billie Nash of Payette; Mrs. Marie Marcus of Idaho City, Idaho; William H. Bertram of Fernandina, Florida; John Bertram of Boise, Idaho; George Bertram of Kuna, Idaho; and henry Bertram of Payette. A sister, Mrs. Peter Roggendorf of Manning, Iowa, two sisters in Germany, twenty-six grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.

The body was taken to Boise where interment was made in the Cloverdale Memorial Park.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
February 11, 1999
Vera G. Bingaman
June 15, 1917 - Feb. 9, 1999

FRUITLAND - Vera Grace Cummings Bingaman, 81, Fruitland, passes away Feb. 9, 1999, in a Merician care center. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Brethren, Fruitland, with Pastor JuliAnne Bowser Sloughfy officiating. Burial will follow at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Vera was born to Carl and Vida Cummings on June 15, 1917, in a sod house near Milburn, Neb., where she lived with her family until the age of 12 when they moved to the Payette area. She graduated from Payette High School in 1933. On Aug. 31, 1939, she married Emerson Bingaman of Fruitland, and they moved to Dee, Ore., where Emerson worked falling timber. Their first son, Gary, was born while they lived there and they always had great memories of their time spent and the lifelong friends they made while residing there. In 1942, they moved to the Seattle area where Emerson worked at the Bremerton shipyards. This is where their twin sons, Dan and Don, were born, so Vera devoted all her time to the care of her home and family.

In 1945, they left Seattle and farmed in the Nyssa and Fruitland areas for many years. When her youngest sons were in high school, Vera began working for the U.S. Portal Service in Fruitland and stayed there until she retired.

She was a member of the Fruitland church of the Brethren where the family attended for many years. Family was always special to Vera, and she was hostess to countless family dinners and always enjoyed having the family together. She was loved and admired by her family for all that she did to keep them close.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Rita of Cerritos, Calif., Don and Marjie of Caldwell, Idaho, and Dan and Freda of Boise, Idaho; a brother Marion Cummings of Spanaway, Wash.; a sister, Vesta Muretta of Shelton, Wash.; five grandchildren, David Bingaman, Wendy Bingaman, Jim Sanders, Tish Hill and Christy Bingaman; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson in 1973.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Memorials may be made to the Fruitland Church of the Brethren, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
September 14, 1911
Funeral of A. J. Bilyeu

The funeral services over the remains of A. J. Bilyeu who dropped dead in his yard on Tuesday of last week was held at the residence on last Friday. The M. B. A. lodge of which Mr. Bilyeu was a member furnished the pall bearers and the services were conducted by Rev. Van Engelen of the Baptist church. A daughter, Mrs. Bertha Wells, of Vale, a brother, Lark Bilyeu of Bonita, Oregon, and Herbert, Rupert and Madge Bilyeu were the near relatives present at the funeral. A sister, Mrs. Blaine Reisner of Spokane, was unable to be present. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, December 12, 1966
Dennis Martin Bingaman, 24, Boise, a former Fruitland resident, died Saturday in Boise after a short illness.

Mr. Bingaman was born August 16, 1942, at Payette. He attended school in Fruitland, graduating from Fruitland high school in 1960. He attended Idaho State University for a year and married Vannalene Cooper, Fruitland, September 6, 1961. Mr. Bingaman was employed by First National Bank of Oregon in Nyssa, starting in September 1961, and was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

He moved to Boise in 1964 where he was employed as assistant cashier and operations officer of the Collister office of the Bank of Idaho. Mr. Bingaman was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Fruitland.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Gregory, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eldred Bingaman, New Plymouth; two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Davis and Mrs. Joanne Shaffer, both of Boise, and grandparents, Mrs. Mabel Bingaman, Fruitland, and Mrs. Violet Melcer,(should be Melcher) Tacoma, Wash.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Shaffer chapel in New Plymouth with the Rev. Earl Traughber and the Rev. John Metzler officiating. Interment will follow at Rosedale, Payette.

Pallbearers include Don Bingaman, John Davis, Dean Reese, Ed Plager, Kyle Sager and Jim Shaffer. Honorary pallbearers are William E. Gladish, Preston J. Bither, Clifford Beagley, Robert J. Logan, Billy R. Chrz and Robert G. Murdoch.

The family suggests that contributions may be made to the Church of the Brethren Memorial fund, Fruitland. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, August 04, 1980
New Plymouth - Services for Eldredge M. Bingaman, 72, of New Plymouth will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Fruitland, by the Rev. Earl Traughber, Church of the Brethren, Fruitland. Interment will be in Rosedale, Payette.

Bingaman, who died Friday in a Boise hospital, was born November 9, 1907 in New Plymouth. He attended Fruitland Schools and married Gladys Melcher on March 29, 1930, in Caldwell. He farmed in the Fruitland and New Plymouth areas most of his life until he retired. He was a member of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren. He was general chairman for the annual groundhog dinners, a member of the New Plymouth Senior Citizens and a board member of the Southwestern Idaho Senior Citizens Recreation Association.

Survivors include his wife of New Plymouth, two daughters, Barbara Davis and Joanne Shaffer, both of Boise, a daughter-in-law, Vanna Dixon of Boise, a sister, Marjorie Smith of Ontario; a brother, Eugene Gardner of Boise; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son and a brother.

Friends may call at the chapel from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Brethren, Fruitland, the Southwestern Idaho Senior Citizen Recreation Association and the Idaho Heart Association. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Daily Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, June 14, 1973
Fruitland Man Dies in Crash

LaGRANDE, Ore. (UPI) Emerson Paul Bingaman, 62, Fruitland, Idaho was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a truck while working on a constuction project on Interstate 80N six miles west of here.

State police said the eastbound truck was driven by Ralph James Stubbs, Hermiston. Bingaman was employed by K.C. Compton Construction, Co.

(Monday, June 18, 1973)
Emerson P. Bingaman

FRUITLAND - Services for Emerson Paul Bingaman, 62, Fruitland, who died Wednesday in a traffic accident near LaGrande, Ore., will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the New Plymouth Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel by the Rev. Earl Traughber of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren. Interment will follow at Park View Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 26, 1910, at Fruitland. He grew up and attended schools there and married Vera Cummings in Fruitland, Aug. 31, 1938.

They moved to Dee, Ore., where he worked for the Oregon Lumber Co, 1942 when they moved to Bremerton, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards during World War II. They farmed in Oregon and Idaho until 1960 when Mr. Bingaman began working in construction in Fruitland. He had been in construction since that time.

He was a member of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren. In addition to his wife of Fruitland, he is survived by three sons, Gary Bingaman of Liberia, Africa, Don Bingaman of Lewiston, and Dan Bingaman of Boise; his mother, Mrs. Mabel Bingaman of Fruitland; two brothers, Eldredge D. Bingaman of New Plymouth and Gene Gardner of Boise; one sister, Mrs. Marjorie Smith, of Ontario and four grandchildren. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Gladys Bingaman Dewar
June 17, 1910 - Aug. 12, 2001

Gladys (Bingaman) Dewar, 91, Fruitland, died Aug. 12 in a Boise care center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Church of the Brethren, Fruitland, with Duane and Carol Strickler officiating and Pastor Earl Traughber assisting. Burial will follow at Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Payette. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Gladys Melcher was born June 17, 1910, at the Melcher ranch south of Fruitland, Idaho to Elbert and Florence (Patheal) Melcher. When Gladys was four years of age, her mother died and Gertrude (Melcher) Lynn, an aunt, reared her as her own. Gladys graduated from Fruitland High School in 1928 after all 12 years in the Fruitland School system.

On March 29, 1930, she married Eldredge Bingaman at Caldwell. They farmed in the Fruitland and New Plymouth areas and were active in community affairs and helped in the organization of the first Hot Lunch Program of the Fruitland schools in 1948. They had three wonderful children, Barbara, Joanne and Dennis.

Gladys was a member of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren since 1930. She served as assistant clerk for four years and as church clerk for 22 years. She was Chairman of the Kitchen Committee for several years, and was an active member of the Sadie Krost Quilting Circle until arthritis crippled her hands.

Gladys was also sewing leader in the Sunnyside 4-H club for eight years, in addition to being employed at the Henggeler Packing Plant for 34 years.

She loved the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening. She won many prizes at the flower shows with named varieties of Iris and Gladioli.

She and Eldredge started the memorial fund at the Fruitland Church of the Brethren in memory of his father, Oliver Bingaman, who died Oct. 23, 1961. They also collected newspapers and took them to the Weiser Recycling Warehouse for the Senior Citizens Recreational Park (SISCRA) at Donnelly, Idaho. This paid a large portion of the installation of electricity to the park. Gladys and Eldredge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 29, 1980, shortly before Eldredge's sudden death Aug. 1, 1980.

In March of 1981, Gladys moved to the Newman Apartments in New Plymouth, becoming active with the Senior Center there and continued the collection of newspapers and served on the unexpired term of her husband on the SISCRA Board of Directors.

On August 18, 1985, she married Robert S. Dewar at the Donnelly, Idaho Community Bible Church. They spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. Spring and fall, the New Plymouth apartment was their home, and they spent their summers at Chalet R.V. Park in Donnelly. They had many wonderful years traveling together. In 1992 they sold their Park Model home in Apache Junction and moved to Boise to be near family members.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Dewar; two beloved daughters, Barbara Grime and Joanne Breske; a daughter-in-law, Vanna Dixon; five grandsons, Gregg and Dennis Bingaman, Steve Davis, David and James Shaffer; two granddaughters, Debbie Griffith and Pam Leaton; 15 great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a half brother, Wayne Melcher of Leesburg, Va.; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Eldredge and son, Dennis.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., today at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Daily Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Wednesday, November 03, 1976
FRUITLAND - Services for Mabel E. Bingaman, 90, Fruitland who died Sunday at Casa Loma Convalescent Home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fruitland Shaffer-Jensen Chapel by the Rev. Earl Traughber. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

She was born Feb. 12, 1886, at Dunlap, Kan., where she was reared and educated. She moved to Fruitland in 1903. She married Oliver Bingaman, May 9, 1906, at Fruitland, where they settled. Mr. Bingaman died in 1961. Mrs. Bingaman lived in Fruitland until 1973 when she moved to Ontario to live with a daughter. She was a charter member of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are two sons, Eldredge, New Plymouth, and Eugene Gardner, Boise; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Marjorie) Smith, Ontario; two brothers, Frank Eldredge, Gooding, and Tom Eldredge, Nyssa; two sisters, Mrs. Rene Brown and Mrs. Margaret Metzler both Fruitland; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, five sisters, and four brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Fruitland Church of the Brethren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, October 26, 1961
Bingaman Rites Held Wednesday

FRUITLAND - Oliver Keller Bingaman, 81, of Fruitland, died early Monday in the hospital here.

Mr. Bingaman was born Nov. 12, 1879, in Reading, Pa. He moved to Fruitland in 1903 and married Mabel Eldridge, May 9, 1906. Mr.Bingaman was a member of the Church of the Brethen.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Eldredge of New Plymouth, Emerson of Fruitland and Eugene Gardner of Boise; one daughter, Mrs. Jim Smith of Ontario; four sisters, Mrs. Salome Harader of Albany, Mrs. Anna Cox of Payette, Mrs. Emma Williams of Los Angeles and Mrs. Viola Willard of St. Edgecombe, Ala; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday at the Shaffer Chapel in Payette with Rev. Paul Eller and Rev. O. Rex Lindemood officiating. Interment was at Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, September 02, 1992
Richard Clyde Bird, 72, New Plymouth, a carpenter, died Aug. 25 at home. No services were planned. Cremation was under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth.

The Emmett Index (Emmett, Gem County, Idaho)
Saturday, June 16, 1894
Ed Bishop Sr. of Falk's Store, died yesterday of blood poison caused by a cut infected by a shovel several days ago. His death was quite sudden and is deeply lamented by a numerous circle of friends. (Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Emmett Index (Emmett, Gem County, Idaho)
Saturday, March 16, 1895

On Saturday evening, March 9th 1895 Mrs. Sarah E. Bishop, widow of the late John Bishop, in the 66 year of her age. Although Mrs. Bishop has been an invalid for several years her condition was not considered critical until a short time before the end came. She sat up in her chair most of the afternoon on Saturday, and only a few minutes before she died she sat up and conversed with her sons, and then lying back she peacefully passed into the great beyond to meet the husband who had gone before. Five children are left to mourn the loss of a mothers love, two sons, Edson and John, being in Idaho, a son and daughter in Nebraska, and a daughter in Kansas. The absent ones were telegraphed for on Sunday morning and the remains were embalmed to await their arrival.

The funeral occurred on Wednesday, Rev. F. I. Young conducting the service. (Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, June 11, 1942
Funeral Services Last Sunday

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Landon Funeral home for Alfred Snide Blew, Payette resident since 1933, who passed away Sunday, June 7, here. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Glover and interment was at Rosedale Memorial Park.

Alfred Snide Blew was born at Eugene, Oregon October 26, 1870. He was 71 years old at the time of his death. At the age of three years he moved with his family to Birch Creek, near Umatilla, Oregon where he grew to manhood and later met his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Dickens. The couple were married at Okanogan, Washington, March 17, 1926.

They made their home in Washington until April 26, 1933, when they came to Payette where they have since made their home. Mr. Blew was a government trapper until ill health forced him to give up his work. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Independent Enterprise
February 03, 1972
PAYETTE - Services for Laura Hazel Blick, 78, Payette, who died Friday in a Payette nursing home, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Payette Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Bishop Albion Borgalthaus. Interment was at Park View, New Plymouth, under the direction of the Payette Chapel of the Roses.

She was born Sept. 17, 1893 in Burlington, Iowa. She came to Jerome with her parents in 1906. She married Seth Cosler in 1911. He preceded her in death in 1943. She later married Constant Blick, who died in 1961. She was a member of the LDS Church.

She is survived by a son, Fred A. Cosler, Salt Lake City; a daughter, Mrs. Jesse (Lucille) Swadley, Ontario; a grandchild, two great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
January 12, 1970
Porter Marion Boals, 89, a longtime resident of the Oregon Slope and Payette, died Saturday morning at a Payette nursing home.

He was born June 10, 1880, in Dakota county, Neb. He grew up and attended schools and later attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He married Alice Ruth Karst at Dakota county, Sept. 22, 1904. They farmed there until 1912 when they moved to Payette.

Three years later they moved to the Oregon Slope and operated an orchard until 1945. Mr. Boals was secretary and treasurer of the Payette-Oregon Slope Irrigation District for 40 years. He and his wife were active in the Park Union Sunday School and he was a charter member of the Oregon Slope Grange. They sold their orchard in 1945 and moved to Payette where he had since resided. His wife died in 1958. He was a member of the united Methodist Church in Payette, a past member of the Payette Kiwanis Club and a member of the Payette Floral Club.

Survivors include a son, Gordon P. Boals, Washington, D. C.; two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude R. Henry, Forks, Wash., and Mrs. Mary E. Martin, New York City, N. Y.; two sisters, Mrs. George Reed, Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Elizabeth B. Swetzer, Sacramento, Calif.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Payette by the Rev. Edward V. Hargreaves, pastor. Interment will be at Riverside in Payette under the direction of the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
February 11, 1999
Marion E. Bond
July 4, 1921 - Feb. 9, 1999

PAYETTE - Marion E. Bond, 77, Payette, passed away Feb. 9, 1999. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 239 N. 10th, Payette.

Mr. Bond was born in Colony, Okla., July 4, 1921. Marion moved to Caldwell, Idaho, in 1938, with his mother, two sisters and three brothers. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Marion married Alma M. Zeal and together they raised four daughters.

Survivors include his wife, Alma of Payette; daughters, Vickie and her husband, Tom Stinson of Boise, Sandra Riley of Miles City, Mont., Debbie Bond of Payette; and Martha and her husband, Brian Mohr of Payette. He is additionally survived by two sisters, Rose Wormington and Marge Bond, both of Clarkston, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Sam, Glen and Clifford. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, September 07, 1988
Henry R. Boomer, 68, Pocatello, formerly of Fruitland and Payette, died Aug. 29, 1988, in Pocatello after an extended illness. At his request no services were held. His ashes will be interred by his family.

He was born March 3, 1920, in Fruitland, to Henry R. and Mae T. Boomer. He graduated from Payette High School in 1938, and attended Iowa State University, interrupted by four and a half years of military services with the army combat engineers as a surveyor on the Alean Highway and airport construction in the Aleutian Islands.

Following completion of his military service, he was employed by Gillard Conover for two years, and then began work with Idaho Power Company, remaining until his retirement, Sept. 30, 1985, serving as lineman, troubleman, line crew foreman, and later contractor inspector and underground coordinator in Payette, Parma, American Falls, and Pocatello.

He married Isabel Cuff in Saline, Mich., in 1948.

While serving as lineman in American Falls for 10 years, he served nine years on the school board. He also served two terms as a state director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He was a docent of the Idaho State University Museum of Natural History.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel of Pocatello; two sons, Henry R. Boomer, III of American Falls, and Bruce Boomer of Beaumont, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Ken (Lois) Jenks of Salt Lake City; a brother, Dr. Robert B. Boomer of Onalaska, Wis.; two sisters, Mrs. Larry (Lois) Cohen of Portland, and Mrs. Rexford (Jean) Daubermire of Sorrento, Fla., and five grandsons.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ISU Museum of Natural History or a favorite charity.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Bonnie Lorraine Boor
Sept. 14, 1915-Aug. 27, 2003


Bonnie Lorraine Boor, 87, rural Ontario, departed this life Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003 at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Arrangements are under the direction of Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Ontario.

She was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Sidney, Mont., the daughter of Fred and Bonnie Lzicar. Lorraine was a child of the Depression -- the family moved to wherever her dad found work. She attended 13 different schools for 12 years, and graduated from Ontario High School in 1933.

She and Bill Boor were married July 1, 1939. They made their home in the Ontario area where they farmed, owned and operated the Park Motel, and raised their children, Patsy, Gary, and Debra. The couple shared their lives with scores of young people, enjoying a variety of activities, including Bible studies and backpacking excursions. Lorraine was widowed April 19, 1983, and spent her remaining years on the Boor ranch near Ontario.

Lorraine earned respect and honor in fulfilling many life roles; daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, friend and neighbor. She could be counted on to share wise words of encouragement, and for a ready laugh when stories were told. Her life was characterized by a quiet personal faith, a desire to live simply, and an abiding love of the outdoors. She took pleasure in the wild flowers, animals, and birds at home. When travel beckoned, Montana was a favorite destination, as were day trips throughout Eastern Oregon and Idaho. Some of her special places were the Owyhee River country below the dam, the Owyhee Reservoir, Sheep Rock/Hells Canyon, and Anthony Lakes, where her father had built some of the Forest Service cabins that are still in use.

Bonnie is survived by Don and Patsy (Boor) DeJong; Gary Boor; Debra Boor; Todd DeJong; Eric and Kyann DeJong; Simon and Eli DeJong; Lorraine's brother, Bob Lzicar; longtime friend and "son," Les Harris, Connecticut; and a special niece, Nancy Eldridge Husfloen, Boise, who consistently helped Gary and Debra care for Lorraine.

Memorials may be sent to the Vale Ambulance Memorial Lund, 252 B. St. W., Vale, OR. 97918. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, February 21, 1949
Chas. Boor Dies At Fruitland

Payette - Charles Edgar Boor, 70, died suddenly at his home on Route one, Payette Friday. He was born November 18, 1878 at Tulip, Mo., and married his wife, Edith Boor, at Fruitland in 1906.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 pm at the Shaffer Memory Chapel with the Rev. Paul Flethouse officiating. Interment will be in Riverside.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Clarence of Prairie City, and Ralph of Ontario; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Lockner and Mrs. Pete Grischkowsky of Payette and Mrs L.E. Wells of Bishop, Calif. and one brother, James, of Nyssa. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Daily Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Friday, January 31, 1975
FRUITLAND - Services for Earl Horton Boor, 69, a former Fruitland, resident, who died Tuesday in a Lewiston hospital, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette by the Rev. Earl H. Traughber of the Church of the Brethren. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 3, 1905, in Fruitland, and attended schools in Fruitland and moved to Ontario in 1930. He married Opal Zimmerman, Dec. 26, 1931, in Vale. They had lived in Ontario, Nyssa, New Plymouth and in the Boise area. He worked as a carpenter on construction and retired in 1972 and moved to Lewiston. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union.

Surviving are his wife of Lewiston; a son, James L., Pendleton, Ore.; two daughters, Ruth E. Curtis, Lewiston, and Doris M. Buffett, Marshfield, Mo.; two brothers, William, Ontario and Howard, Boise; two sisters, Marie Arnez, Ashland, Ore., and Mabel Eldredge, Sweet; and seven grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, July 31, 1972
FRUITLAND - Services for Edith Mabel Boor, 87, Fruitland, who died Thursday at a Payette nursing home, were held at 11 a.m. Monday morning at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette by the Rev. Keith Maxwell, pastor of the Fruitland United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Riverside.

She was born in Castella, S.D., Nov. 12, 1884. When she was a small child the family moved to Earley, Iowa. When she was six they moved to Fruitland. She married Charles Boor, Jan. 3, 1906 at Payette. They moved to Ironside, Ore., in 1913 where they had a stock ranch.

In 1938 they returned to Fruitland where Mr. Boor died in 1949. Mrs. Boor had been in ill health and lived in a nursing home for several years. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Clarance Boor, Prairie City, Ore., and Ralph Boor, Ontario, and a brother Ira Melcher, Fruitland. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, January 08, 1931


After a long and vigorous struggle of 18 months to stay the hand of death, George Boor, well known citizen of the lower Snake River valley, passed away at the home of his daughter in Boise on New Year's day. Mr. Boor was first taken ill in July, 1929, and soon after his condition became critical, his relatives and attending physicians entertained but little hope of his recovery and for several weeks the end was expected hourly, but his iron constitution and strong will power baffled the dreaded disease, medically known as chronic nephritis and myocarditis, and for a time it was thought he might again fully recover. In September of that year he was removed to Boise, where he was given every known medical attention at the hospital and at the home of his daughter, where loving hands gave every means of comfort, in hopes that might be restored, but to no avail. He was patient and full of hope until the very last, which came at 4:45 on New Year's day.

George Allen Boor was born in the state of Missouri, February 15, 1876, and moved with his parents to Nebraska in October, 1889 and was united in marriage to Caroline Lockner at Linwood, Neb., June 21, 1897. To this union seven children were born, who, with his wife, still survive. The children are John N. Boor and Mrs. Wm. H. Switzer of Walla Walla, Wash, Mrs. Benjamin Beal and Robert Boor of Fruitland, Charles Boor, Frank Boor, and Mrs. Ray Tanlund of Boise, at whose home he passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Boor and family came to New Plymouth in the spring of 1903 and for 15 years, Mr. Boor was employed by the Mountain State Telephone company and the Idaho Power company, and 12 years in the service of the State of Idaho as deputy game warden, which position he held at the time of his death.

George was a splendid type of manhood, exceptionally large in statue, strong and rugged, yet kind and gentle in disposition.

During his 12 years of service as an officer of the law, he made friends rather than enemies. He was kind to his family, honest an fair with his fellow men in all his dealings. He will be keenly missed in this community, where he has lived and made friends for the past 27 years. Besides his immediate family he is survived by eight grand children, two brothers, James H. Boor of Ontario, Ore., and Charley E. Boor of Ironside, Ore. Three sisters, Mrs. Laural Wells, Pioneerville, Ida., Mrs. Pete Grischkowsky and Mrs. Chas. E. Lockner of Fruitland, Ida.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Brethren church at Fruitland, and were conducted by the Rev. Hershal Shanks, assisted by C.H. Sargent. The pall bearers were six game wardens, including State Game Warden, R. E. Thomas of Boise, and the Deputy Warden from Ada county, Frank Townley, deputy for Weiser, Chas. McClees of Ontario, Mr. McCormick , deputy from Parma, Mr. Wakefield of Caldwell. In the large attendance were members of the Modern Woodmen of America, of which the deceased was a member. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario-Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, December 03, 1962
James H. Boor Services Tuesday

James Harrison Boor, 89, Nyssa, died Friday in Pendleton, Ore.

He was born October 30, 1873, in Richland, Mo., and was married to Nancy Lovica in Woodburn, Iowa on December 24, 1899. She preceded him in death in 1959.

Mr. Boor came to Nyssa in 1931 from Albion, Neb., and had been a resident of Nyssa since that time. He was a retired farmer.

He is survived by three sons, Earl of Culvert, Ore., James W. of Ontario and Howard D. Boor of Boise; two daughters Mrs. Marie Arney of Ashland, Ore., and Mrs.. Mabel Eldridge of Sweet, Idaho; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Grischkowsky of Fruitland and Mrs. Florence Wells of Bishop, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bertelson-Lienkaemper Memorial chapel with Howard Larsen officiating. Interment will be in Riverside in Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, June 13, 1918


John Wesley Boor who has been ill for the past year or two, passed away Tuesday morning at 4:35 o'clock at his home on Fruitland Avenue. Mr. Boor was born January 7th, 1851 in Stanton, Clay County, Indiana, and was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Slocum in Lincreek, Candem County, Missouri. To this union 11 children were born, five preceding the father in death. Mr. Boor and family came to the Payette Valley from Nebraska, in 1907 and won the love and respect of all who knew him. Two years ago he rented his farm about 3 and one half miles from Fruitland and purchased a smaller place on Fruitland Avenue near town. He was a member of the Christian church. He leaves besides his wife, his sons, James H., and George A. of Fruitland, and Chas E. of Ironside, and three daughters, Mrs. Chas. Lockner of Fruitland, Mrs. Eva Wilson of Boone, Nebr., and Mrs. L. E. Wells of Emmett, and 19 grandchildren, one, Corporal John Boor, the eldest , is at the front in France.

The funeral services were held in the Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. Knight of New Plymouth officiating. Burial was made at Payette.

The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, September 10, 1959
Nancy Lovica Boor Dies In Nyssa

NYSSA - Mrs. Nancy Lovica Boor died Monday at the age of 83. She was born Sept. 14, 1875 in Woodburn, Iowa.

The Boors have lived in the Nyssa area for 28 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Osceola, Iowa.

Mrs. Boor is survived by her husband, James H. of Nyssa, three sons, James W. Boor of Ontario, Earl H. Boor of Lynnwood, Wash., and Howard D. Boor of Boise; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Arney of Ashland and Mrs. Mabel Eldredge of Sweet, Idaho; one brother, Fred Horton of Woodburn, Iowa and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Martin of Osceola, Iowa, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were today in Nyssa with interment in Riverside near Payette. The Rev. Floyd White of the Methodist Church in Joseph, Ore. officiated. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, August 31, 1988
Services for Robert W. "Bob" Booth, 55, Fruitland, who died Aug. 23 of injuries sustained in a boating accident near Farewell Bend, were at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at Ontario's Lienkaemper Chapel, Rev. Earl Traughber officiated. Private inurnment will be at a later date.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert F. Bowker
Feb. 29, 1916 - March 22, 2008


Robert Franklin Bowker, 92, of Payette, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008, at the V.A. Medical Center, Boise. Memorial graveside services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2008, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise. Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to the family at

Robert was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 29, 1916. He was the only child of George and Maude Bowker. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1936, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers; later, he converted to the Air Force. His military service spanned over 29 years, serving in three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, winning the Bronze Star at Pearl Harbor. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, Calif., as a senior engineer for nearly 16 years, retiring in 1981. During the course of his career, he was regarded as one of the finest engineers in his field, at one point being the assistant director of Research and Development for the Minuteman, working side by side with some of the finest minds in the world.

Robert is survived by his wife of unwavering love and commitment, Florida (Mely) G. Bowker; his nine children, Robin Jane Bowker, Bonnie Ann Lehman, Elizabeth Maude Tritschler and her husband, Tony, Rickie Louise Miller, Marti Graham and her husband, John, Corrine Kathleen Mitsuuchi and her husband, Dick, Dean Arnold Bowker and his wife, Jenny, Robert George Bowker and his wife, Tawnee, Samuel Edward Bowker and his wife, Noelani; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Lt. Col. Robert Franklin Bowker was a loving husband, a wonderful father, grandfather and gifted engineer. Over his life until his passing, he endlessly helped his friends and family and perfect strangers through countless endeavors, hardships and victories. He never asked for anything and was loved like no other. He was a beacon of light that always guided our families to a better life, and on the 22nd of March, 2008, the world lost a truly extraordinary soul.

Argus-Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, June 16, 1966
Mrs. R. D. (Grace) Bradshaw 80, Wendell, passed away at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn., following a brief illness.

Grace Pence Bradshaw was born in Payette, August 10, 1885. She married R. D. Bradshaw, October 11, 1906 at Payette. They resided there until 1921 when they moved to Wendell.

Mrs. Bradshaw was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, and served as Worthy Matron in Payette. She was affiliated with the Star of the West chapter No. 35 OES, Wendell. She was also a member of the Past Matron's association, Episcopal church, Daughters of the American Revolution and Chapter AZ, PEO Sisterhood, Wendell.

Survivors include her husband R. D. Bradshaw, Wendell; two sons, Douglas Bradshaw, Los Angeles, Calif.; Kenneth Bradshaw, Wendell; one daughter, Mrs. Gordon (Edith) Hansel, Plainfield, New Jersey; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted for Mrs. Bradshaw at the Wendell Methodist church with Arch-deacon, W. M. Johnson of Boise, and the Rev. Warren McConnell of Gooding First Methodist church officiating. Final rites followed at the Wendell cemetery under the direction of Weaver Mortuary, Wendell.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, December 08, 1938

The tiny son, weighing 2 lbs. and 10 oz., of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brandt, McCall, died Friday, after seeming to be improving. Mrs. Brandt will be remembered as Cleo Applegate. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Obituary source St. John's United Church of Christ
Independent Enterprise, date of publication not known
Gladys Nada Brown, 95, of Payette entered into her rest Saturday, March 13, 2004 in Payette, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Pastor Russ Adkins is officiating. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Vale where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., Friday, at Shaffer-Jensen memory Chapel, Payette.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Maxine and Paul Woodworth of Prairie city, Ore. and Colleen and Gene Lewin of Inchelium, Wash. and son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Peggy Brown of Payette; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Gladys is preceded in death by all her siblings and her husband of nearly 60 years, Robert V. Brown as well as two grandchildren, David Woodworth and Toni Lewin Morgan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Payette Senior Citizens Center in her name, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, November 28, 1990
Selma LuElla Brown, 77, Fruitland, died Nov. 22, in an Ontario hospital. Services were 2 p.m. Nov. 26 at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Graveside services were 1 p.m. today at the Jacksonville County cemetery, Jacksonville, under the direction of Perl's Funeral Home, Medford.

Note: Selma Brown was born 12-9-1906 and died 11-22-1990. ch

Payette Independent Enterprise
December 05, 1946
Services Held For Former Pastor

Funeral services were held here at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon for the Rev. Chas Wesley Buell former pastor of the church who died Sunday at his home at Salem, Oregon.

The Rev. E. W. Stuckbery, of Caldwell, gave the sermon and music was furnished by Mrs. Neil R. Fitch, Mrs. Russell Thistle and Mrs. Paul Felthouse. Interment directed by Landon's was at Riverside cemetery.

The Rev. Mr. Buell, born in Ohio Aug. 1, 1867, was one of the first settlers on the Wilder bench area in 1910 and he served as pastor of the Wilder Baptist church until 1920 when he moved to the Payette church. After five years in Payette he served short pastorates in Filer adn Mountain Home. He retired three years ago, moving to Salem, Oregon.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Buell, of Salem; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond D. Lamm, Weston, Ore., Mrs. Robert S. Haight, Winslow, Ariz. and Mrs. Carl H. Swanstrom, Council; one son, Homer D. Buell, Marsing; four brothers at Salem, Ore., and one at Cushing, Okla., and 18 grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, December 12, 1957
Fruitland Resident Succumbs Monday

James Elmer Buttram, 57, of Fruitland died in a Nyssa hospital Monday evening following a long illness.

Mr. Buttram was born in Missouri on May 16, 1900. He lived in the Twin Falls and Jerome areas from 1945 until 1953, when he moved to Fruitland. He was a member of the Grange.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ragie Buttram of Fruitland; three sons, Bob Buttram of San Francisco, Calif., James M. Buttram of Fruitland and Dale Buttram of Jerome; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Frances Wilms of Weiser; one brother, Everett Buttram of Pondfork, Mo; two sisters, Mrs. Claude Robirds of Fruitland and Mrs. Helen Spence of Springfield, Mo and five grand-daughters.

Services will be held today (Thursday) at Shaffer Memory Chapel with Rev. Paul A. Fleming and Rev. Leslie Owens officiating. Interment will be at Parma Cemetery in Parma, Idaho.

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